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Prince Edward has shared his thoughts on the “difficult” situation between the Royal Family and his nephew Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
- Prince Edward has described the so-called “rift” between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the royals as “difficult”.
- In a personal interview on what would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday, the Earl of Wessex opened up on the “sad” situation between the royal relatives.
- This royal news (opens in new tab) comes as Sophie Wessex reveals Lady Louise’s heartbreaking realisation her grandfather Prince Philip is no longer around (opens in new tab).
Prince Edward has given a rare comment on the alleged “rift” between his nephew and niece-in-law, Prince Harry and Meghan, and the Royal Family. The Earl of Wessex, who is 13th in the royal line of succession (opens in new tab), described the situation as “difficult for everyone” during an interview on what would have been his late father Prince Philip’s 100th birthday.
Since Prince Harry and Meghan’s Oprah Winfrey interview aired in March, speculation about tension between the couple and their royal relatives has circulated. This shocking special saw Prince Harry describe Prince William and Prince Charles as “trapped” in the institution.
Whilst in a recent appearance on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, Harry claimed a "cycle" of "pain and suffering” (opens in new tab) was “passed on” to him while growing up.
Now Prince Edward has shared his thoughts on the relationship between the Sussexes and the Royal Family. When asked by CNN's Max Foster about the alleged “family rift”, Edward momentarily hesitated, then went on to reply: “Are you euphemistically referring to Harry and Meghan?”
After it was established that the question was indeed referring to Prince Harry and Meghan, Edward responded, “It’s very sad”.
The Earl of Wessex then shared further insight, empathetically describing the intense scrutiny the couple were under and suggesting this is something many royals can relate to.
“We've all been there before. We've all had excessive intrusion and attention in our lives,” he explained. “And we've all dealt with it in slightly different ways.”
Prince Harry and Meghan “stepped back” (opens in new tab) as senior members of the Royal Family last year and have since confirmed they are not returning as working royals (opens in new tab). The couple have now settled in their new LA home (opens in new tab) and Edward wished them luck as treasured family members.
“And listen, we wish them the very best of luck. It's a really hard decision,” he said.
“Families are families,” Edward added later, before going on to declare: “It's difficult for everyone, but that's families for you.“
Prince Edward's remarks come as Prince Harry and Meghan recently welcomed their first daughter (opens in new tab). The couple have named their little girl Lilibet 'Lili' Diana after the Queen and Princess Diana.
Opening up on the arrival of baby Lilibet, the Earl of Wessex told CNN that it was "fantastic news" and expressed his hope that the family will be "very happy".